Chet Sygiel, with the Kentucky Watershed Watch, tests E. coli levels in the South Fork of the Quicksand Creek in Jackson. Agricultural chemical runoff, seen at left, and straight pipes -- the practice of sending sewage directly into the river -- have added to contamination concerns in the water basin.
Born of Water:
Coal mining sustained families for generations along the Kentucky River water basin. But today, many confront a crisis of faith in an industry that has left the region environmentally and economically vulnerable.